One of the new additions to this season’s Rochester Americans lineup is forward Dan Catenacci, who spent most of the last four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before joining the Amerks for two games at the end of last season.
Catenacci, 20, hails from Newmarket, Ontario and had been in the OHL since 2009 prior to joining the Rochester Americans in the AHL this season.
He began his OHL career in 2009 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, notching 30 points (10-20) in his rookie season. The center returned to the Soo for the 2010-11 season and drastically built off that rookie campaign. Catenacci put up 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points in 67 games in his sophomore season; he also had 117 penalty minutes that season.
Catenacci would go on to spend the next two seasons with the Owen Sound Attack, where his offensive production continued to improve. He scored 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points in 67 games during the 2011-12 season, then put up career highs in goals, assists and points in 2012-13.
Last season, Catenacci scored 38 goals and 41 assists, along with 115 penalty minutes, in 67 regular season games. He also put up nine points and 32 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games before joining the Rochester Americans at the end of the season.
Catenacci had three points (1-2) in his two-game stint with the Amerks last year.
Dan Catenacci was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, with the 77th overall selection in the third round after being considered a “sleeper pick” by some. He’s one of several newcomers to the Rochester Americans lineup this season but given the opportunity, should make a nice addition to the team.
Many will talk about Catenacci’s size – he’s 5-10 and roughly 191 pounds – but he’s also regarded as a speedy forward who isn’t afraid to get involved with the physical side of the game. (Just look at his penalty minutes stats – 414 penalty minutes over four seasons of OHL hockey!)
Catenacci signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres in 2012. You can also follow him on Twitter.